Gwendolyn’s Sword by E.A. Haltom
When Gwendolyn’s husband left to fight in the crusades he made her promise to protect their home and all of the people that rely on them for protection. Although she took this promise very seriously, she thought they were far enough away so she wouldn’t have many problems, but she was wrong. After defending herself against mercenaries in the forest she realizes the conflict is finally making its way to her. With more mercenaries on the way, she needs all the help she can get, so when she is told King Arthur’s sword is meant for her she jumps at the opportunity. She quickly makes her way to London with her constable, carrying a secret along with her, a secret that could end up costing lives if anyone finds out. Is the risk worth it? Only she knows…
E.A. Haltom takes one of the most turbulent times in English history and adds her own twist to it. Gwendolyn’s Sword is an amazing story of one woman’s fight to protect her home and the lengths she will go to make sure it happens. This is the kind of book that is hard to put down one you start reading. Haltom’s writing brings Gwendolyn and her world to life. You can see everything with such clarity you feel like you are there with Gwendolyn on her journey. You can also tell she did her research when coming up with the concept for this book. The historical facts are intertwined into the narrative and because of this, it takes the book to the next level. There weren’t too many strong willed women in those days that fought like men the way Gwendolyn does. Then there’s the King Arthur angle the author added in-what if King Arthur came back as a woman? It just adds more depth to an already great book. Gwendolyn is a strong character that goes against the grain, but she has a softer side too. The constable William Rufus is another example of great character development- head of security, and a hardened soldier that would lay down his life to protect Gwendolyn if necessary, but he doesn’t always take orders blindly. He will butt heads with her when he doesn’t agree. All of the characters are like that-complex and human and you believe them and the things they go through while on this journey. If you are a fan of historical fiction you will certainly enjoy this book. Haltom didn’t sacrifice fact for fiction, but wove them together seamlessly to create a memorable and entertaining story.
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